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The Effective Executive

The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
Written by: Peter F. Drucker
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker's timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins.

What makes an effective executive?

For decades Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers" (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management - the executive.

The measure of the executive, Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done". This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can - and must - be mastered:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision making

Ranging across the annals of business and government, Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

©2017 Peter F. Drucker (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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First Drucker Book....fantastic

Great book, loved the forward by Jim Collins, entire book kept me going right to the end and I was left with more ideas on other books.

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Classic Principles Still Relevant Today

Key management lessons for those in manager or leadership positions, but applicable to anyone who has even an inkling of wanting to do more for themselves and their organizations. It provides guidance on essential questions to ask yourself day to day, and has helped answer some problems I have been having in my management role giving me a clearer direction on how to move forward and prevent future problems from arising.

It feels simple and concise, but I know I will be coming back to this auidobook often to review its lessons, truly a timeless classic.

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Must Read

this book is for anyone who has to manage themselves or others.
It is a must read for anyone who works with others in a leadership role.
I recommend this book for anyone who struggles to prioritize their time.
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  • Phillip
  • 2017-07-17

Narrator hard to listen to

I found it extremely hard to follow due to the narrator. It is impossible for me to judge the context as the narrator couldn't keep my attention . The effective manager was much more easy to follow

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  • Alan Lee
  • 2019-03-04

where has this book been all my life?

Loved it. Practical. Profound. This should be taught in all schools regardless of major. The book is not only effective, it's a masterpiece.

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  • Kevin
  • 2017-02-23

Truly Timeless

There is no doubt you will hear at least a dozens new (old) ideas you can implement today which will greatly enhance your effectiveness. Make the time, you on
firm is counting on you!

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  • e&D
  • 2019-02-25

The Best Professional Self improvement

Very well read, printed version is less organized. If you have a degree or more than 5 years of work experience, and if you work for someone or have someone working for you then you need to read/listen to this book.

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  • YANG CHAO HUI
  • 2018-06-11

Highly Recommended

This book changed the way i live. Instead of mechanically taking care of my to-do list like I used to, I now try to do what must be done next. I love how Drucker emphasize that we should make a difference, not just settle for making a living or strive to be the best at something just for the glory. He tells the characteristics that effective executives have and uses colorful examples of historical figures and companies to illustrate his points, which makes his book interesting to listen to. Jim Collins and Tim Andres Pabon also did a good job at narrating (varied intonation). Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages and background!

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  • Alex Morrison
  • Bayonne, NJ United States
  • 2018-02-01

Concise, focused and to the point.

How to be an Effective executive. All meat, no fluff. One of the most concise books on being effective.

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  • Joshua D. Abramson
  • Tupelo, MS
  • 2019-08-13

I'll listen to this every 4 months to stay with it

even though some of the references are old and outdated, all of the guidance remains true today. Incredible inside provided by Peter Drucker in this book is nearly invaluable. I will have to continue listen to this over and over again in an attempt to perform half as well is this book says I should.

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  • gberck
  • 2019-07-01

Life changing

I can not recommend enough this book. I just got an executive position, I thought what being effective meant and what it meant for my team members this book made me think again about and start practicing the principles stated in the book religiously, training myself to be an effective executive. If you are an executive or want to grow into one this book is one that is worth the investment of time to absorb and digest. In terms of the audible version, great listen, I liked the pace of the reader fast but clear with a good pacing to digest topics, the foreword by Jim Collins was also good to get you on the mood for the rest of the book. Overall great great investment.

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  • OnGuardMan
  • Indy, IN USA
  • 2019-06-28

Some good stuff herein

...good decision making process and lots of good general info. Its a classic. Rise of the knowledge worker.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (Sprint)
  • 2019-06-14

still relevant in today's business environment

it is mind-blowing to believe how the principles covered in this book still apply in today's business environment. this book was written about 50 years ago and Executives back then and today still struggle with managing their own time. really appreciated learning some Tactical processes from Drucker.